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  White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing  CSPAN  March 22, 2020 5:54pm-7:29pm EDT

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i thought that had been closed down. surprised at all the cars on the road, like where are these people going, aren't they supposed to be home? the other thing is that i wish that everyone would call or email or whatever they are supposed to do, the state and federal government, the house, senators, congressmen, to let their wishes be known. i for one do not want my tax dollars to bail out the airlines. i want a healthy mom-and-pop businesses and the people that are -- i want to healthy mom-and-pop's -- want to help mom-and-pop businesses.
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>> a clean bill of health? >> they are about to come up here. they should be here any second. i can talk as we are waiting here.
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here they come. pres. trump: thank you very much. before we begin, i want to mention we are working very hard on getting a young group of people out of peru. we have removed some and the rest are being removed with the cooperation of the peruvian government. withe also dealing honduras in getting some people out who got caught up. again, with the honduran government's work. they are working with us. we have a couple of other locations we will report to you.
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we were able to get a young woman released from a certain accosted,g horribly horribly treated. we spoke to general millie. general millie took care of it. we will report further on that one. that was rough stuff. millie,o thank general all of the people that were involved that went into get her. as we continue to marshall every probably -- wee are profoundly grateful to our nation's doctors, nurses, law enforcement, and first responders waging this battle on the ground. it is critical that people continue to follow guidelines.
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so important about social distancing, nonimportant travel, and handwashing. it requires the help and commitment of every single american. say, senator rand paul, he has been a great friend of mine, always there when the country needed him. know, he just tested positive. jose diaz-balart, he tested positive. it is getting closer to home. i call it the hated enemy. i think they will all be fine -- i call it the hidden enemy. i think they will be fine. i hope they will be fine. we are working urgently with congress on legislation to
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support the millions of workers, small businesses, and industries hit hard by the virus through no fault of their own. our goal is to get relief to americans as quickly as possible so that small businesses can keep workers on the payroll. this will help our economy. you will see our economy skyrocket once this is over. it is a pent-up demand, built-up demand. i guess you have to say, who knows, but i think it is going --be a tremendous day with tremendous day when we win this war. we want to win this war with as few deaths as possible. today, i am announcing action to help new york, california, and washington, to ensure that the national guard can effectively
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respond. the national guard, these are tremendous people. fully on alert. it has been activated. these estates have been hit the hardest -- these states have been hit the hardest. fema will be funding 100% of the cost for national guard units to carry out missions to stop the virus while those governors remain in command. so the governors, locally, are going to be in command, and we'll be following them and we hope they can do the job and i think they will. i spoke to all three of the governors today just a little while ago. they're very happy with what we're doing because they'll be doing things with other states hit the hardest.
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this will give them maximum flexibility to use the guard against the virus without having to worry about cost or liability, and freeing up state resources to protect the health and safety of the people in their state. the federal government has deployed hundreds of tons of supplies from our national stock while locations with the greatest need. approvedto assist, i the major disaster declaration, something governor cuomo's been asking for and which i agree we have done in very rapid fashion. approved this on friday evening and we are working very, very hard to get all of these not only signed up, but completed and finished, and win. the request from the state of washington for a major disaster declaration was approved just a little while ago. went through the process and we moved it very quickly.
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the request from the state of california was just received and we will have it approved very quickly. i told that to gavin newsom. we're working on getting that done very quickly, maybe tonight. we have large quantities of medical equipment and supplies on the way, based on all of this, to the states, including respirators, surgical masks and and glovesralls, already delivered to washington and to new york. in addition to large quantities of supplies, i've directed fema to supply the following: four large medical stations with 1000 beds for new york, eight large medical stations with 2000 beds largelifornia, and three federal medical stations,a nd four small medical stations with 1000 beds for the state of washington.
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the governors know. the supply is in route to california and new york will be delivered within the next 48 hours. in addition, the naval hospital ships, theseble two ships are incredible, will be deployed to los angeles to add emergency surge medical capacity. and they have tremendous capacity. they are really something. i will say that if you look at some of the things we've been doing, and now those numbers have gone up, and just to be a little more exacting, we've done a presidential approval for major disaster declaration for the state of new york. approval of title 32 national guard activation for the state of new york, we're providing all of this at no cost to the governor. spoke with governor cuomo. he's working hard. we're all working hard together.
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the relationship has been amazing. but it also enables a governor to provide robust national guard support to the state. going to bewe're waving that 25% cost. we'll beking up -- coordinating and doing something with special people. mission assignment with the u.s. army corps of engineers to provide support, to build out alternate care sites. they're doing various alternate care sites, which have now been designated by new york. four large federal medical stations of 1000 beds. places,e very complex actually, great equipment. and great people. strategic national stockpile order. and this is as of a number of days ago, so far delivered to new york, and this is the 19th.
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we had the n95 respirators, 186,000 delivered. 78 surgicald 444,0 masks. many have been delivered since then. face shields, we delivered 84,560 face shields. , gowns, 63 coveralls, 352., 245, also to new york in terms of what's been delivered just since then, the numbers are quite large. and we have tremendous numbers of companies also making equipment. washington,e of 095.e delivered 369,
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surgical masks. about three days ago. 63,788.elds, surgical gowns, 107,850. gloves, 240,376. and we have many, many things pending. it's actually not pending. it's being fabricated. it's being made. andy're moving -- and they're moving. for washington, state of washington, we have three large medical stations, 750 beds. and then you have the approval of the title 32 national guard. state of california, again, to be very precise, we're going to have the approval of the title 3d two national guard -- 32
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national guard. we're providing all this again, like in new york, at no cost to the governor, meaning governor newsom and the state. no cost to the state. it enables the governor to provide robust national guard support to the state. so they're going to have control of the national guard. these are incredible people being sent. we have eight large feta coat -- federal medical stations with over 2000 beds. and that's going to california. and then strategic national stockpile order, we've ordered, likewise, hundreds of thousands of different items. won't go into the exact numbers, but the numbers are very substantial. but we're having a tremendous additional number sent. and whatever the states could get, we should be getting. we're sort of a backup for the states. some of the states are doing really well and some don't do as well. the ones that don't do as well need more help.
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but these are three states that really do need help because they are hit very hard. and the outpouring from the private sector has also been extraordinary. i am pleased to report that honeywell, great company, has just announced it will immediately expand its personal protective equipment manufacturing in rhode island to produce millions of additional n95 masks. they're very hard to get. they will be immediately then delivered to the various states. this expansion is already underway and is going to provide a lot of jobs for that state, probably around 500. the masks will be distributed by the government for the use of the health, safety, and emergency, and for response workers, primarily for response workers. these are very high-end. this expansion is in addition to
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honeywell's action to more than double production of its existing equipment plans. they make a lot of different things and they are doubling and tripling their production. they are going round-the-clock. today, i'm also announcing the launch of a new consortium organized by the white house. the department of energy and ibm to unleash the power of american supercomputing resources to combat this chinese virus. to combat leaders, academia, and government will be contributing, and they're going to be contributing a lot of different things, the computing resources to help researchers discover new treatments and vaccines. they'll be working along with nih and the people working with this. but tremendous help from ibm, amazon, google, microsoft, m.i.t., polytechnic institute,
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the department of energies, national labor laboratories, the national science foundation, and nasa. they're all contribute into this effort and they're fully in gear. i also want to update you on the steps we're taking to protect and serve our countries. 18 million veterans, these are great people, our amazing veterans have shown loyalty to our great nation. this is a time they are in need and we're going to be showing our loyalty to them. we are very protective of our veterans. we are working on certain hospitals where we may be doing some work, in louisiana, in particular, and some other states, veterans hospitals. we're very protective of our veterans. some are of the very vulnerable age, and some are not feeling well. and some of them are still suffering the wounds of war from many years ago. yesterday, i signed vital
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legislation to ensure the g.i. bill will discover ash covered distance-learning during this emergency -- cover distance-learning during this emergency. in february, the department of veterans affairs established 19 emergency operations centers throughout the country. one of the things they've been trying to get done for many years, you will know this from following me over the last number of years, but we got it done pretty quickly. they've been trying to get it done, for many many decades, with choice. and also veterans accountability. now, if it's credit -- if -- crowded -- if they can't get to a doctor -- we have great doctors, as good as they come -- but it's hard to get to them because of what was bureaucracy, but no longer bureaucracy.
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we've done a lot of things, in that case, because of accountability. if people aren't doing their jobs or if they're that or sadistic or anything that happens, we are now allowed to fire them. i signed that a year and a half ago. for many years, you weren't able to do this. i was just told by our great leader at the v.a., robert wilkie, he said for the first time, we've got the highest marks in the hist -- highest poll numbers in the history of the veterans administration. cannot it week ago -- came out a week ago. they're happy. highest in history. one of the reasons that happened is because of veterans choice. they go see a private doctor, we pay the bill. and they get better. there have to wait two weeks or three weeks or two days, but they get better. a lot of times they waited so long, they would have a problem
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and it would end up being terminal because they couldn't get the kind of treatment they deserved. numbers,st poll highest approval numbers in the history of the v.a. i was just given that information yesterday. we restricted visitors access to 135 veteran community living centers, which has is nearly 8000 veterans with chronic medical conditions, so that we limit their exposure to the virus. we want to totally take care of our veterans and that's what we're doing. the da canceled most elective procedures. they're delaying them until after this is gone, after we've won. we began providing life-saving care to patients who had symptoms across the 171 v.a. medical centers nationwide. that's a big deal. under my administration, the
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v.a. has been a leader in telehealth. telehealth is becoming a bigger and bigger factor in medicine. this month, we have taken bold action to cut through the red tape and make telehealth available for millions more americans during this crisis. they can speak to a doctor from the safety of their home rather than risk becoming infected or making a tremendously long trip, when frankly, you'll speak to a great doctor right from your home. it's happening, telehealth. we're very much at the forefront of that. it also takes a big burden off our system. we continue to accelerate safe and effective vaccines. we are also aggressively investigating a number of antiviral therapies and treatments to determine their potential in reducing the severity and duration of the symptoms. and you know how i feel because how i feel is on tuesday, they're going to be starting on tuesday morning, and we're going to have some medications
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delivered that we're going to see if they were. they certainly are effective in other ways, and they are safe from the standpoint they're not killing people. we're not going to have that. so, a lot of great things are going to be happening in that regard. i just want to finish and then we're going to ask a couple of people to say a few words that have been very much at the forefront of this incredible job we've all been given. know want to say that i this is a challenging time for all americans. we're enduring a great national trial. and we will prove that we can meet the moment. i went to assure the american people that we're doing everything we can each day to ultimately defeat this horrible, invisible enemy. we're at work. in a true sense, we're at war
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and we're an invisible enemy. for those of you feeling alone, i want you to know we are all joined together as one people, eternally linked by our shared national spirit. we love our country. a spirit of courage and love and patriotism. no american is alone as long as we are united, and we are united. we're very united. people are saying things now that three weeks ago, they didn't talk that way. we're very united. no force is equal to the strength of a unified america, a united america, an america that we have right now. for those worried and afraid, please know that as long as i am your president, you can feel confident that you have a leader who will always fight for you, and i will not stop until we went. this will be -- we in. this will be a great victory. and it's going to be a victory that, in my opinion, would have
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been much sooner than originally expected -- happen much sooner than originally expected. the enemy is attacking 144 countries at this point. 144, that's unthinkable. there's never been anything like this. and it's vicious. it is vicious. some people recover well. and some people have a hard time. we all know that. though we will be totally victorious. we will then get our economy up to a level that it was, and in my opinion, beyond, because there will be a pent-up demand. there is a pent-up demand. and a lot of great things will happen. the and very proud of our country. i'm very proud -- but i'm very proud of our country. i'm very proud. i'm very proud to be your president. you're a very special people, so thank you very, very much. i'm going to ask a combination of people.
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pete, why don't you start off? reporter: thank you, mr. president. just a little bit about what we are doing in washington, california, and new york. winter standards of the areas seeing a steady increase in the corona virus cases. in order to assist with additional needs, identify those areas, the state of new york was declared a major disaster this morning. washington state was also approved today. california submitted their request and the president will consider it immediately. we have medical supplies en route to the states, including respirators, surgical masks, gowns, face shields, gloves, with quantities also -- already delivered to washington, california, new york. and we dissipate additional supplies to be delivered over the next 42 hours to all these states. under president trump's unprecedented national emergency fema ision, female --
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reimbursing eligible measures taken at the directional guidance of public health officials in response to this emergency. all 50 states, the district of columbia, five territories, and two tribes are working directly with fema. with the assistance of the fema regional ministers throughout the country, we are working to address the needs of state and local officials everywhere. states, tribal governments do not need to request separate assistance. it does not authorize direct financial assistance available to individuals, such as disaster unemployment assistance at this time. just a note on the u.s. and his mercy, based on analysis of potential needs for hospital beds on the west coast, a decision was made the ship would
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have the greatest impact in california. the department of defense has been given direction to dispatch it to los angeles immediately. they advised the mercy can get into position within a week or less of today's order. even though there are more cases right now in washington, the projected need for beds in california is five times more than that of washington. the mercy will be used to take pressure off of local hospitals, other medical needs, and not for treating covid-19 cases. finally about the national guard, the federal government continues to take aggressive action and proactive steps to address the covid-19 threat as we attacked the health and safety, or protect the health and safety of the american people. the national guard is equipped to assist federal, state, and local agencies while serving the public. in response to this nationwide operation, president trump has
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approved washington, california, and new york national guard units under title 32 -- excuse me, title 32 status under the covid-19 response. they provide the nation's governors continue command of national guard sphere horses -- national guard's forces. the national guard is a viable and responsible avenue to provide much-needed access the estate managed and fairly supported. and i want to be clear, this title through 32 -- 32 activation does not federalize national guard members. there still under the authority of each governor. they are working with the department of defense. we've had a lot of disinformation circling. i want to make sure it's understood that this is not martial law. the department of defense will lead this task. respondlly, we continue to hundreds of requests across the country and filling critical needs.
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thank you. pres. trump: thank you, pete, very much. >> thank you, mr. president. good evening. where i want to talk briefly about is the defense production act. and to give you the overview here, using the full power private enterprise and full force of the federal government, my job at the white house is to make sure, tactically, working with fema and hhs and the american people, particularly health care professionals get the gloves, masks, and the equipment they need. and i can tell you, sir, since you signed the act, my job has gotten easier. and let me expand why. the defense reduction act, in this context, has two primary functions. one is mobilization of the industrial base. the other is allocation of resources, both from the supply
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to the manufacturers and from the manufacturers to the end-users, such as that health care professional. seeing on a're purely voluntary basis based on the leadership of this administration,w e're seeing the greatest mobilization of the industrial base since world war ii. an everyday, -- and every day i'm working with companies, national council of textile organization and so on, in terms of building up, rapidly, our capability to get what you need. what think about what mobilization means. it can mean, for example, repurchasing a factory. so, pernod ricard called us last week, and they had three hurdles they had to deal with. they called my office, had to make a call to the treasury, fda, and hhs to clear the path. we got that done that day.
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we started production that day, moving from alcohol beverages to hand sanitizers. and as we speak, a truck is moving towards new york and will arrive there tuesday to share with the hospitals over a thousand gallons of sanitizer. that would be a repurpose. a second example would be one the president offered with honeywell. honeywell called the white house asking for help from the issident, and what they said we want to do this new factory. they called me on a friday morning. and by that night, we had a contract in to hhs. hhs put that immediately, and i had honeywell move people and equipment from massachusetts to that facility in smithfield, rhode island, and we're going to have this masks produced within 30 days moving on the assembly chain. my point is mobilization is
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repurposing, building up capabilities. and the other portion is, of course, the allocation of resource. what i can tell you so far is that the defense reduction act have given me quiet leverage. if you have a strong leader, you can take a light hand initially. what we've seen from this outpouring from private enterprise, we're getting what we need without putting the heavy hand of government down. there will be, possibly, cases down the road, and the manufacturers have actually asked me and alerted me of this, where some places in the supply chain, they may have problems that the white house will have to break through using the defense reduction act. we won't hesitate to do that. the last thing i'll tell you is that i also get a lot of calls that are very disquieting. brokers are offering millions of items, whether goggles, masks, whatever, and you go through
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three different brokers, trace them to a warehouse in los angeles and they charge you seven times what they cost. that's price gouging. message to the hoarders. if you have any large quantities of materials this country needs right now, get them to market or get them to us. we'll pay you a fair price. if you don't do that, we're going to come for you and make sure this doesn't happen in this country. so i salute you, sir, you made my job easier and i appreciate that. >> thank you mr. president. task force met this afternoon, as we do every day. and let me begin today by simply saying thank you to the american people, and thank you for the way that people across this seven days into 15 days to slow the spread. people in committed these large and small across our
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communicating, not just on behalf of their own health and their family, but on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. so, on behalf of your president and our entire task force, just thank you to the american people. i also want to express our appreciation to the governors across the country. the president today just announced action in new york, california, and washington state as a latest demonstration that this administration will do whatever it takes to support the leadership at the state and local level as the american people confront the spread of the coronavirus. the legislative efforts underway being negotiated on capitol hill as we speak. the bipartisan spirit that's taking place that's reflected in all of our interaction with state leaders around the country, is a great credit to the nation. but it should be a great encouragement to the american people that your government at the federal level, at the state
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level, working with courageous health care providers all across america, are coming together to meet this moment. and that is the way our system works. it's extremely important that the american people recognize one of the things that makes america different is that we h ave a system of federalists, and that by putting fema in the lead, the president has emphasized that our response to the coronavirus is, in the anthem of fema, it is locally executed, state managed, and federally supported. we want the people on the ground, the decision-makers, to have what they need. we want states to manage their unique circumstances in their state. and whether it be legislation moving through congress or the efforts the president announced today, major disaster declarations, title 32 on the national guard, resources flowing, hospital bed flowing,
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we're going to make sure our states have what they need to meet this moment. our task force continues to focus on the priorities the president's given us. they are testing mitigation and supplies. on the subject of testing, as is evident to people across the country, testing is more and more available every single day. we'll be detailing tomorrow from this podium the progress we are making on tests. 254,000day's reporting, americans have been tested and received results in coronavirus test, with slightly more than 30,000 actually testing positive. there's a bit of an encouraging word. for every american, everybody tested now, with the exception of health care workers, are people that have since -- symptoms. and as our numbers come inconsistently, because the 254,000 does not include all the local hospitals or all the local
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labs in our state. it's working out to be one in 10 americans who have been tested and thought they had coronavirus actually had it. nine out of 10 did not. roll out continue to the testing to provide that resource to the american people. and we're working to make testing happen faster. we expect words from protective labs we should be caught up on testing by the middle of the week, and we are urging today, on the president's behalf, that all labs would prioritize inpatient testing.. let me say again, to all the commercial labs in the country, you will receive guards from hhs tomorrow. the on behalf of the president and the white house coronavirus task force, we are urging all commercial labs to prioritize inpatient testing. we went people that have been checked into a hospital, that are being treated for what they suspect to be coronavirus, to
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receive those tests more quickly. also, i'm pleased to report that yesterday, the fda approved emergency authorization on a new test that should be in production by the end of march. it actually would be a coronavirus test, the results of which come back in 45 minutes. and we're also working, the fda is working on faster and more innovative tests. as we told our governors this week, governors and state health officials should contact fema for the latest information on testing solutions. whene also say, tomorrow, we gather at this podium, we will be unveiling new guidance for people that work in law enforcement, first responders, people that work in critical infrastructure in the country. it was in early march cdc issued guidance for people that were a symptomatically or -- asyp
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mptomatic. and tomorrow, at this podium, cdc will unveil in cooperation with the department of homeland security, new guidance, which will make it possible for people who have been exposed to return to work more quickly by wearing a mask for certain period of time. let me also amplify a point on behalf of the president and behalf of the state department about americans abroad. one of the reasons why the united states is in a different position today than portions of europe are and china and elsewhere, is because the president suspended all travel from china. he suspended travel from europe and the u.k. and ireland. but the state department is working around-the-clock to assist americans who may find themselves overseas. they're able to come home. there's no barrier for americans
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coming back to american soil. they're screen through a series of airports. both flights being canceled, some americans have found themselves unable to find a way home. we've been working very diligently through the state department to make it possible. there are commercial flights that have been chartered. we're also working with the military for a backup on flights. state department has brought more than 300,000 americans back home -- 3000 americans back home. but speaking to the secretary of state, he wanted to share a website or phone number from any american looking on from overseas. you can call the smart traveler enrollment program at 1-888 -407-4747. or you can go on not -- online at this will allow our embassies and consulates to gather important information about your situation and work to facilitate
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to bring you home. let me say, finally, as i begin, let me close, as the chairman, or leader of this white house coronavirus task force. we are seven days into 15 days, and the american people are responding. as we speak about supplies, as we speak about testing, the most important thing every american can do is heed the guidance and direction from your state and local officials, particularly in areas where we have widespread coronavirus infections. for every american putting into practice these measures the president alluded to is a way that we can do this, america. we can lessen the magnitude of the coronavirus in our country. with the cooperation, compassion, generosity, and prayers of the american people, we can slow the spread. we can protect the most vulnerable. and we can heal our land.
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so let's do it, america. pres. trump: thank you, mike, very much. thank you very much, mike. so, just a couple of little things and then we'll take some questions. maybe you'll have some. maybe you won't. that would be a shock, shock the american public. but i have to say on the testing, if this works out, the new test would be a simple one, much easier than the existing test, which is quite complex and not a lot of fun to take. and this would be a game changer. but remember, we inherit a broken, obsolete system. it was good for a small number of people but not good for the millions of people we're talking about, and we've made this into a system that no matter where you go in the world, that's where they're going. that's how they're going to be doing should something like this happen again. people have done a fantastic job .
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and i hope the new test works out. we'll know fairly soon, i think. hopefully it will check out, or test out, and we certainly are looking forward to that. it would be a very simple test, by comparison. won't be unpleasant at all. and one other thing, the ships. so, we have the mercy, and that's going to california, as you know. it's on the west coast now. and you have a sister ship that's essentially a twin. they're incredible. they're incredible ships. i've seen it. i've seen one of them. and they are unbelievable, what they can do in the capacity. many operating rooms, they're wartime ships.. they're made for war. there as good is anyone in the nation. i spoke with governor cuomo, had
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a great conversation today, a number of conversations. he's working very hard. and we are going to be bringing that ship that's called the comfort. so you have the mercy and the comfort. the comfort is on the east coast. that ship will be coming next three or four weeks. it was in the middle of maintenance and we are moving the maintenance very, very quickly, and we're also supplying the ship simultaneously. that ship will be coming up here over the next few weeks. and we'll probably be putting it in new york harbor and we're making arrangements for that also as to where it's going to be docked. so you have the mercy and the comfort. up.'ll be coming the mercy will start quickly. they'll be arriving in los angeles very soon. we look forward to that. questions?
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reporter: first of all, senator paul tested positive. woman's was the last time you had contact with him? pres. trump: i think it was quite a while ago. reporter: on top of senator paul, four senators are in isolation pres. trump: who are they? reporter: romney, senator lee, senator rick scott also. pres. trump: rick is coming up. -- coming out. romney is in isolation? gee, that's too bad. go ahead. reporter: is that sarcasm there? pres. trump: no. reporter: do you think congress should change the rules to allow them to vote remotely? pres. trump: i've been thinking about it today and i'm saying it. you have the senate and house members. with a very,night very good man that happens to be in the house, as euna. egypt -- as you know.
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he tested positive. you could have a large number of people in congress. i think it's something -- i fully understand why you should be there. i think it may be a constitutional reason why you should. but if we could be in a position -- i would certainly be in favor of it, where they can vote from a certain outside location. i was thinking about it today. nobody's going on, ever seen anything like this. you could have a lot of people in there from congress. there's a reason, constitutionally, and there may be, but i would be totally in favor of it on a temporary basis. reporter: negotiation still have a ways to go. are you concerned about the timing? pres. trump: we all want to get to the same place. we want -- and i just wrote this down a little while ago -- we want to protect the worker very much so.
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so do the democrats. we also want to protect the worker through their comfort -- their companies. we're going to help the worker anyway, but ideally they go back to work at their great companies. you have great companies in financial trouble right now and we need money to help those companies so they get back to where they should be, health. most of these companies for weeks ago were having the best weeks they were had. last year was the best year for all of them, other than boeing, which had incredible problems. big percentage of gdp. but we have to be able to work with boeing. boeing is -- was a great company and will be again very shortly. they don't want to do that. it's crazy. i don't want stock buybacks. so i don't know where the problem is there but i know that's one of the things they're talking about. i don't want stock buybacks. i don't want to give a bailout to accompany and they use stock
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buybacks and raise the price and get a bonus, ok? i may be republican, but i don't like that. i want them to use that money for the workers and to help the company. the airline business, to take care of their planes and all of the things they have to do, including buying new planes. but i don't want to have any stock buybacks. the democrats are with me. i don't know what the problem is on that one because i can't imagine that's too tough. we want to be able to take care of our people. you're going to have things coming up. we're going to have some of the elements that they're talking about, down to 95% of things you would think they wouldn't agree and you would think the republicans wouldn't agree to it, and unemployment is an example as one of the things they talk about, and unemployment insurance. i think we're very close to that. but right now they're not.
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the democrats want to get there. i can tell you for a fact the republicans want to get there. and i don't think anybody actually has a choice. it's a full package. it's a big package. savingave money for small businesses. i don't imagine the democrats, because we have a lot of money set aside for small businesses. we also have a lot of money set aside for big businesses, the big, powerful companies that were powerful four weeks ago and now are overextended. that's a big business, very important to florida. it's unthinkable a month ago. it's just unthinkable. they were setting records. they were building new ships. we can't let the cruise lines go out of business. that would be massive numbers of jobs for our country, and actually for the world. for our country, it's a massive business and it doesn't take much to keep them going, so we have to provide for that.
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but i think both of the democrats and the republicans are agreed that we have to take care of our workers and we're going to be doing that in numerous ways. reporter: when it comes to the defense production act, we know people were pleading with you to utilize the dpa -- pres. trump: depends which governor. reporter: mr. navarro. why not use it now if that would answer their pleas for help? pres. trump: we are using it now. the fact that i signed it, it's in effect. based onountry not nationalizing our business. nationalization of their business workout? not too well. it's not a good concept. i'll tell you right -- as peter said, we may have to use a place along the chain, but we're getting calls. bute want, let's say masks,
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haynes, who makes things of cotton, lots of things. it's a great company. they called us and they said we're going to make millions of masks. there's a big article today, the head of 3m, they are going to make tremendous products. and they are more or less in that business. general motors spoke to us. ford spoke to us about doing ventilators. the beauty is they're calling us. if you go the nationalization rep, we're going to tell the company to make a ventilator. they don't know what a ventilator is. one company used to make them years ago and they know how to make them. it's a complex piece of equipment. what we're doing, i think peter said it better than anybody is going to say it, we have the threat of using it. we have millions of masks being done. we have respirators.
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we have a lot of things happening right now. so, just the threat of using it. but using it is a big deal. when this was announced, it sent tremors through our business community and through our country. where are you doing? -- what are you doing? you're going to take away countries that companies. -- companies. there are companies that you wouldn't think of that have called us that said we can do ventilators. we used to do them years ago, and they can do them in large quantities.- if i call companies that say can you build ventilators? they don't know what a ventilator is. one of the reasons i read the numbers to you is that we've given vast numbers of just about everything. we've taken it out of supply and we're restocking our supply. but we're really backing up the
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governors. a lot of governors have done a fantastic job. usually the ones that complain have the problems. the we've had a great relationship with governor cuomo, governor newsom. we had a great relationship with the state of washington. those are three hotbeds. now, we're also dealing with other states. as the admiral said yesterday, we're dealing with all of the states in one form or another. some are very affected -- infected -- affected in a very minor way. i don't mean deaths, i mean cases. and that's different from new york. i've lived there for a long time. everybody is extreme they close, tight. there are a lot of cases in new york. we're helping governor cuomo. we're helping governor newsom. frankly, they've been total gentlemen. they want to get it done and we want to get it done.
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but doing it the way we're doing it is much better. reporter: i'm talking about the supply chain, not allocation or manufacturing. [indiscernible] pres. trump: we coordinate with the state and we are court meeting with the states, and for the most part coordination has been good. i had a phone call with all the governors. i allowed the press to stay. they were supposed to say. one person in the media said that's surprising. it's actually risky doing that because we had democrats and we had republicans. and they're politicians and they always have something to say. i took a lot of calls. and we really didn't get one nasty or bad response. they were thanking us for the job we did. i had the press standing there, watching. they were supposed to be there. but i said let them stand there. the governors were very complement tree, very couple
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re--- -- complement complimentary. those are really the hotbeds. we want to keep that going. of this country and a lot of the politicians that normally we're fighting with. we have different views on things. but we're going to get to the same place. to ask if younted were considering an executive order to free elderly, nonviolent criminals from federal prisons. pres. trump: we have been asked about that and we're going to take a look at that. it's a bit of a problem. it will be talk about totally nonviolent -- you said totally nonviolent prisoners, we are actually looking at that, yes. reporter: also, your administration eliminated a key
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position in july, a medical epidemiologist embedded in chinese disease control agency, and it was just months before the first cases were spotted in wuhan. why was the post eliminated? pres. trump: anybody? would you like to take that one come about? bob?his is like -- one, but this is like the other stuff you are asking. every one of those things that was said was 100% wrong and this sounds like another one of them. but anyway, go ahead. -- ash, as you note, cdc you know, cdc has offices all around the world. the china office is actually being augmented as we speak and we've been embedded there for over 30 years. there's a reason they call it the chinese cdc because we had the productive partnership.
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pres. trump: again, our relationship with china is a very good relationship. i wish they told us three months sooner that this was a problem. we didn't know about it. they knew about it and they should've told us. we could have saved a lot of lives. you look at what is happening in italy and spain, we could have saved a lot of lives throughout the world. reporter: given the diagnosis for senator paul and people being self-quarantine, what theerns do you have about direct function of the senate, the ability to get this important package that people are waiting for past, and should americans be expecting you to extend the 15 days, given the climate of how this is spreading. pres. trump: i hope we won't have to. it's possible, but we'll have to see how it works. as far as the senate is concerned, some of the folks are feeling very good.
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some of them are quarantined but they're negative. they may be totally fine. others are positive. we're just finding this for the first time. reporter: do you see as a threat to the aid package americans are waiting for? pres. trump: i don't see any threats at all. it'll all work out. it is a question we are considering. i don't know if you could do it, constitutionally, but we are considering letting congresswomen and men vote from a separate location from an outside, mainly a hospital or home, depending on where they are. it's a trickier question than most people believe that we are looking into that. reporter: kelly was alluding to it, they haven't been able to get the 60 votes i'm just curious your reaction to that
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and what is mitch mcconnell telling you and secretary mnuchin? pres. trump: we're dealing with them all the time. we'll see what happens. i think we'll get there. to me, it's not very complicated. we have to help the worker. we have to save the companies. because as soon as we're finished with this war, our country is going to bounce back like you've never seen before. but we have to get it to that position and we have to make sure those companies are whole, that they haven't been disbanded. because if you do that, it's going to take much longer. in a way, it's being penny wise if you don't. but we want to help the worker. we want to help the companies the workers work for. that includes small businesses. we have a tremendous amount of small business work in there. you know that. once they don't come back, that's of much longer period of building. reporter: there was a woman that
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was an american that was being tortured. what was going on? pres. trump: bad things were happening to her in a certain country and we're really under the feeling that we should keep it somewhat private until she's already been freed. , the have to tell you general and his people were unbelievable. they were not playing games. very interesting guy. they got her out. she was seriously abused, accosted, and whatever the maximum word is other than death, that happened. ok we got her out and she's and she's back with her parents. reporter: can i ask you, question? like that to nominate -- tsunami, they called private sectors and said we need you to step in. do you have any interest in reaching out to president bush,
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obama, carter? pres. trump: i have the best people in the world. i think we're doing an extraordinary job. if you look at, let's say the h1n1, you look at that whole -- that was a disaster. that was a tough period of time for this country. you look at some things that weren't handled well, whether it was katrina or something else. look, i respect everybody but i feel we have an incredible team and we're doing an incredible job. all you have to do is look at the approval numbers. i think we're doingan incredible job. i don't think i'm going to learn much. i guess you could say there's probably a natural inclination not to call. now, if i felt that if i called i'd learn something and it would save one life, one life, i would make the call in two minutes. but i don't see it happening. reporter: can i ask you about
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the comment that a couple of your former aides said today? gary cohen said it's time to start discussing the need for a date the economy can turn back on. vanden is saying drop the hammer is sayingus -- bannon drop the hammer on the verse. the economic team is suffering, and the verse itself, the casualty of deaths. pres. trump: i'm of the opinion we have to do great during these 14 days, the 15 day period. we're going to have a pretty good idea what we're doing. you have to shut it down. but there has to be a point where you say we're back in business. they're not mutually exclusive. i saw both of them today. they enter mesh. -- inter-mesh. he is calling for a brutal shut down and then maybe open up faster. there's that fine line. look, we did a good shut down
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where we didn't allow people from china that could have been infected. and then they cut europe off. reporter: when do you start opening -- pres. trump: i can't tell you that. i think we're going to have good results. i think the american people have been amazing. i think our stimulus package will get done and it will be a tremendous package. they may not have gotten those votes but they're very close to getting a deal done. and if they don't, i think frankly, the merc and people will be very upset with the democrats -- the american people will be very upset with the democrats. the only recent ideal couldn't get done is pure politics. reporter: despite your differences with mayor de blasio, he said the city is going to run out of basic hospital supplies by april. how do you prevent new york city from becoming italy? pres. trump: you should have
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hospital systems in various places. some have been stocked and ready to go -- this is beyond what anything that possible. nobody can really say oh, gee, this will happen. this is a unique and hopefully unique for many, many centuries, for a long time, hopefully we don't see this again. again, the systems are supposed to be ready, willing, and able. they are supposed to be ready to go. i have great love for new york city and i have great love for new york state and we're going to help them a lot. we're sending our ships up there. if we need, we'll be using the cruise ship's you've been reading about. they're immediate and quick. we have good docking systems in the places we're talking about.
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we may be using some of the cruise liners. but i think bill de blasio is working very hard. i think he's trying very hard. it's a tough situation for him and every mayor. because nobody's ever seen this scale. you've given millions of masks and hundreds of thousands of masks in a certain short period of time, and then you hear they need many, many more, one of the things they have started, with respect to masks is the sterilization process. some it works very well. others aren't set up that way. you through the map. but we have a stash throw them out -- throw them out. but we have a sterilization process. we have many companies now, companies that made whiskey. they made alcohol. they've now gone very quickly into hand sanitizers. you've been reading about three
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or four big companies, we're doing incredibly well on that. there's no way if you took existing companies, something like that could happen. call navarro, theyll somebody. a monkees, they called me. me.n one case, they called there is one company, i had never thought of them for ventilators. they will make a great product. so peter, i think you're saying a lot of that. reporter: the bill being contemplated by the senate has hundreds of billions for the treasury department to use to bail out states and localities, as well as industries like cruises and hotels. would you commit publicly that none of that will go to europe -- pres. trump: every time i do it -- like for instance, i committed i wouldn't take the full $450,000 salary.
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nobody cared. nobody said thank you. nobody said thank you very much. now, i didn't commit legally. i just said i don't want. i don't want my salary. i'll work for zero. nobody said thank you very >> you would go out after me like crazy. i have no idea what they're talking about with regard to the one element. everything is changing. testing understand. it is all changing. every time i commit to do something. i committed to do-look i ran and everybody knew i was a rich person, i built a great company and i agreed to do things, i do not have to pair i still do not have to. but my company, i told the kids who are running it i am not running it. but i told them do not deal with foreign companies, i do not have to do that. i could've just ran and i do not have to do that at all.
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thanked for-not agreeing to do it, but does not doing it, i get excoriated all the time. so i have learned, let's just see what happens. save some ofve to these great companies. that could be great companies literally and a matter of weeks. we have to save them. >> can i go back your announcement about that national guard and the medical facilities. you said there would be a large medical structures built in california with more than 2000 beds. and then i think i heard you say there would be four small medical structures in the state of washington with 250 beds. cities anday what areas those are going to be and specifically? >> sure. >> we are filling the governor's request. we send the resource to them and they will put it to best use. they will put it to where they will have the most effect. do not dictate where it goes. --in israel back -- every
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again it is a request from the state to the federal government and the governor can use that as he or she sees fit. >> and using the cruise ships as well? >> we probably do not need them. i hope you do not need them. i hope you will have great luck on tuesday morning. medicine,lot of the we do not have to go into it, but we sent a lot of the medicine, to governor cuomo. i believe they already have it. and they have some very capable people heard spoke to dr. zucker who is, his primary rep resented of on this and we spoke to the governor himself and i think he is excited about it like i am excited about it. will it work? i thicket us a really good chance and it is worthwhile. why should we be testing it in a test tube four year and a half when we have thousands of people that are very sick but very, very sick and we can use and on
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those people and maybe make them better? and in some cases maybe save their lives? me thereor cuomo told will be starting to use our supply on tuesday morning and i think it is very exciting because if that happens, much of what we are talking about with ships and hospitals and all of the things we are doing and all of these masks and everything that we are ordering, ventilators, it is a whole different game if that happens. and we will see. there has been tremendous time -- signs this could work. some doctors think it should go for years in testing but this has been something that is been around for years. has been phenomenal, strong, powerful drug, for malaria. but we think it might work on this, based on evidence, based on very strong evidence. we are going to see her going to know. sometime after tuesday. you're going to have to ask
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governor cuomo. i think they're good to start the process. we have gotten them the drug. i think i going to start the process of giving the drug through mouth, and i think that starts tuesday morning. he said, and that will be, i tell you what, i do not want to get anybody overly excited but i am very excited by that, the by the prospect of it. in addition to that, nih is working on vaccines and they're making great progress. but the vaccine does have to be tested for a long time because you cannot give thousand surveillance of people vaccine and it turns out to be dangerous. that does -- you cannot give thousands or millions of people vaccine and it turns out to be dangerous. >> i want to ask about china and the president there, when was the last time you had a conversation with him? >> i will not say exactly but i have spoken to president xi about this and look, he does not want this. this is not something he wants.
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and it happened. it happened to china. one thing they told me, i was told by our great secretary of agriculture, sonny perdue, that china has been buying a lot of our farm project and i am looking at different pressings but china despite all of this and it started, it escalated a little bit obviously but it started fairly recently, china is buying, we made a new deal as you know with china, a very big trade deal, and china has been buying our agricultural products. >> have you talked to china about masks? they have been a supplier the u.s. about for masks? >> they are sending mask to italy. they are sitting masks to italy. we are in a very good process with masks. -- they are sending masks to italy. but i am a little upset with china, i will be honest with you, because as much as i like the president and respect the country and admire the country, i have great ration for the
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country, what they have done in short. of time. of course our previous presidents allow that to happen, you should say thank you to all of them. they should have told us about this. i did ask him whether or not we could send people in and they did not want that, i think out of pride. they do not want us sending people into china to help them. fun is a strong country. a strong they have their doctors and scientists, very smart. and i did discuss that about sending our people and. they do not really respond. we went again and they did not respond. if they want to end, they would have been able to tell us and give us an earlier indication. but we had an early indication. that is why i closed out china. it was my instinct. that is why i closed out china at a very early time. >> mr. president, are undocumented persons welcome at testing sites and can they show
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up and be tested that fear of being reported to immigration officials for possible deportation? >> it is only a fair question. think i will let, would you like to answer the question? surgeon general. >> from a public health perspective it is important that people have symptoms can get tested. but as you heard earlier, we have. >> regardless of citizenship? >> the virus does not judge based on where you are from. it is important to get teased -- to get people tested based on symptoms. but in patients need to be tested need to prioritize health care workers. i would like to say quickly on behalf of the doctors on the task force, health care workers, we hear you. we hear you. and we absolutely are prioritizing your health and safety. picking sure health care workers can get tested. in patients can get tested. people at highest risk. to answer your question, yes we want to make sure that people
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who have symptoms who could discredit can get tested. -- who could spread it, can get tested. >> department of homeland security addressed that issue a few days ago. customs and border protection issued guidance that absent certain circumstances, customs and border protection does not target emergency rooms or health clinics. i would refer you to the website. they issued a very clear totement, making it clear any person that is in need of a test or medical care that customs and border protection is not focusing on emergency rooms or health clinics or the drive-through clinics. >> so they could command without fear of? >> yes. >> and if that is not the policy i will make it the policy. and i was saying, as mike was saying that, that the answer is yes. we will do those tests. because i think in that case it
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is important. could, yout if we could say illegal alien, you could say illegal immigrant, you can say whatever you want to use your definition of what you're talking about, we are all talking about the same thing. yes, we will test that person. because i think it's important that we test that person. do not want to send that person back into wherever we are going to be sending the person. whether it is another country or someplace else. because we are now bringing them right out of our country. yes, we will test those people. [indiscernible] a lot of folks watching tv and reading up on this constantly. if you're not someone with a pre-existing health condition but all of a sudden you just do not feel hundred percent and then your mind starts play with you anything, i coughed, was that a first sign? went to those people really start to say, maybe i need to call the doctor.
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because he did not want to flood but a lot of people are thinking, it is all i can to cabal or i'm hearing about. i can think about or am hearing about. when should i call a doctor? >> the vice president gave in a person -- gave an important statistic this morning. only 10% of people who have symptoms who were tested tested positive. that means nine out of 10 people who had symptoms likely do not have coronavirus. i want people to understand that so they are reassured. i also want to direct people to and it has information to walk you to the symptoms heard fever, cough, shortness of breath. body. what to do if you have symptoms. the most important thing is call your health care provider and talk to your health care provider. the information is at
7:11 pm to let you know when to come in and what to do. >> you got tested yesterday, what was that like for you? a lot of people will go through this. are you standing by the phone? what was that like? quick.test was it goes up into your sinuses and it is not comfortable. that a reason it is a good opportunity to say again to any american looking on, if you do not have symptoms, you do not need to test. current testing format, although they are evolving regularly now, we mentioned at the end of this week there will be a new test. there is all new technologies. i would say again to all of the governors looking on and their state health officials, contact fema for that new information on testing available including steps we are making or americans
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will be able to test themselves and send it in. >> was that like for you? >> for me and misses pence it was a pinch, it was kind of invasive. we were grateful for the support. walter reed hospital processed the tests quickly. they had a lab at the hospital to be able to do that. they gave us the results quickly. it also informed me, we were wondering, during that time as a family. it is one of the reasons the president has made it such a priority, that we have brought these commercial labs together. now more than a quarter million tests have been done. and we believe we will be caught up by the middle of this week on a backlog of testing. we announced today that we are directing commercial labs to prioritize people who are in the hospital for tests. because we want to continue to work with new technology and with the new focus and guides from hhs, to get the results of
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that as quickly as possible. for every american. so if they have coronavirus, they can be properly treated. or they can have peace of mind that they may have some other respiratory ailment but not that. >> [indiscernible] pence.n the vice president told me she actually handled it better than him. [laughter] right? that's true. i do not handle it so well either. do not worry about it. >> speaker pelosi said the house may introduce its own bill. are you willing to work with the speaker on a house bill? and given what happens in the senate, a short time ago, what are you willing to do, to get this bill over the finish line, given the ownership -- given the urgency? and did you send a letter to north korea's kim jong-un seeking cooperation for
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coronavirus and if so what was that? >> certainly, with numerous countries to get them help. but he has what we have with the new test coming out. korea. and iran by the way. we are open for helping other countries. and it is a very serious time. north korea is going through something. around is going through something very strong. i ran is really going through a very to go. with respect to this -- is going through a very dickel time specter this. iran is going through a very difficult time with all of this. we are working with many countries with respect to the problems they have. it is over 140 countries now. north korea, iran, and other countries, we will help and we are willing to as an example, if this test works out where instead of going through what we all went through with this rather difficult test, to put it
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nicely, we would have, is that just swab on the tongue? or how does that work? >> it is a similar swab. not to the same level. >> doesn't go up and hang a right under your eye, right? it is a tough test. so if we do that, the procedure, the test, and nobody has this in the world. this is developed by us. think it's going to be certified soon. we think it is going to be very good. if we have that we will be able to help a lot of countries. >> what about speaker pelosi, sir? >> we will work with everybody to see if we can get something done. >> are you willing to work correctly with speaker pelosi? >> if we have to. we have to help chimeric and worker. have to help the countries -- we have to help the american worker . we have to help the countries from which the american workers, they came out of companies that were doing phenomenally well.
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you saw where wages were going way up. we cannot lose those companies. and we want the worker to be happy. and we are being, i think, more generous than anybody has ever been. we want to take care of the worker. we want to make sure that when we win the war against the virus, we want to make sure those companies are ready to charge forward. not the have been disbanded. >> there are factors -- factories around the world that produce medical protective equipment that have been used in european hospitals and have been certified for use at the highest levels. as the fda your administration willing to look at a waiver for that equipment to be sold from those factories? >> we may but what we may do not need it. we do a very high standard. our standard is higher. please? >> guidance for american families who are anxious about their financial futures current earlier today the secretary of the treasury was talking about
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the millions of americans impacted by the shutdowns happening in cities and sometimes whole states. -- thetermination set secretary said the lockout could last 10 weeks to 12 weeks, perhaps into june. would you consider another fiscal stimulus? another check? >> let's see what happens. hopefully we will not need it but we might. let's see what happens. greatest thing we can do is when the war. the war is against the virus. that is the war. we do that, everything i really believe. everything will fall into place. it is going to be beautiful. i call it a pent-up demand. people are dying to go out to a restaurant. people are dying to go onto airplanes. i think there's a tremendous pent-up demand. you may be surprised. not a financial crisis, just the opposite, this is a medical crisis. >> would you and your family
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sell stock? >> i do not have stock. >> i do not even think about it. it is interesting you ask a question like that. nasty question. yeah deserve to be asked, i guess. done by deciding to, and i knew this the first day, i said is going to cost a lot of money. it cost me billions of dollars to become and be president of the united states. and things that would normally be run at a certain thing, even people that do not like me because they think i'm too tough on the border, some people love me for it and other people do not like me at all. it is very funny. my wife, we were at a charity event in new york city i had just announced i was running. and we were at the robin hood foundation. which convention center, now we will be converting to hospitals for governor cuomo, hung?
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i was walking in and there was a boos,ering of booze -- at a smattering of cheers. i was getting both. our very popular first lady. she is turning out to be very popular. people have great respect for her. our very popular first lady said to me, that is strange. i've never heard anyone doing you. you.oing that was very early on. i called for something people do not like. i knew it would happen. the fact that i ran and i knew as soon as they announced, when i ran, i said it going to cost a fortune. not only actual cost per look at my legal costs. you people, everybody is suing me. i'm being sued by people i never even heard of. i'm being sued all over the place. and doing very well. but it is unfair. but i will say this. in terms of, running for
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president, and i do not think rich people, michael bloomberg spent a lot of what happened. it is hard for rich people to run for office. it is far more costly. it is just a very tough thing. said, i'mf that being glad i've done because there are a lot of rich people around, i have a lot of rich friends, but they cannot help and they cannot do what i have done in terms of helping this country. we got sidetracked by the invisible enemy but when you look at what we have done or said before with the veterans, with all the things we have done especially choice. when you look at all of the accountability. when you look at all the things we have done, rebuilding the military, the tax cuts. we had cushion. without that this would've been catastrophic.
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with all of the losses you have seen in the stock market. we are basically back. and with this horrible thing. if this would've happened before that you would've had nothing left. this was cushion. i will say that it cost me billions of dollars to be president. especially with all of the money i could have made than the last three or four years and i was being president i have no interest in it. i'm allowed to. i do not know if you know it. george washington, they say he was a rich man, supposedly, relatively rich. and he ran the presidency. and he also ran his business. they say had two desks. nobody complained until i can along. but nobodyed complained until i came along and it cost me billions of dollars to be president. and i'm so happy i debt it because who cares? who cares? i am really happy with the job. i'm glad this team and me are
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here for this horrible thing. it is a number of people who ascetic, but -- you have set it, and -- a number of people who have said that this is a war. you look at the economics, in the past three is to stimulate to get people jobs and now we are stimulating to protect people because we do not want them to work. because we want them to stay away from each other and not gather. social. social gathering. so we are paying billions of dollars more than that. so that they do not gather. because we have to defeat this virus. and we will. but it cost me billions and billions of dollars to be president. and i'm so happy i did it. >> what you feel about [indiscernible] >> foreign country claims. i realize your priority is to americans and this nation. what about, have you considered supporting foreign countries also fighting this global pandemic? >> foreign countries, that was
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the other question. i am honored to help. the doctor has helped. the surgeon general is speaking to other countries all the time. they're asking questions, do we do? nobody has ever seen anything like this. they are calling our people all the time. yes, i have let it be known will help people. including north korea. including iran. and many other countries. it is important to do this. >> are you considering any financial support? let me quote you a retired general and return admiral from the u.s. coalition. no matter how successful we are in fighting the threat of covid-19 pandemic at home, we will never stop it unless we are also fighting it around the world. financially, is there anything in the stimulus bill and are you considering? >> no, not in this to be bill. but we are very much, we give away billions of dollars as an example aids in africa. we are still fighting that battle. ed is a tremendous battle. a war. you're fighting it here.
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in 10 years. now it is eight years. because i started it. it should have been started before i got here. because they had the answer even before. but we are fighting that battle. that battle will be aids free and approximately eight years it looks like that is going to happen. we are spending a lot of money. but we are spending money with other countries. if you look at the aid we give to other countries, we get billions and billions and billions of dollars to other countries. a lot of times they say, we could save a lot of money. we shouldn't have. i say what is it used for? it is used to fight malaria. and countries that are poor. it is used to fight aids in africa. it is used to fight many other things. many other things. and i do not think i have ever said no. i can't. it is so terrible paren countries that we have really, we are not involved with them very much, other than it would be tremendous death, tremendous death. you can get a list and i could get you a list. we give away billions of dollars
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to other countries. and we are giving away a lot in terms of everything. and probably we'll end up doing economically doing something for other countries. but when i'm presented with these last, that yes, in africa we are fighting aids. oh we are fighting something else. i tell you what, i start by saying, we should say we could save a lot of money and by the time they walked these lists into my office i say, we have to keep doing that. that is that humanity you're talking about. one more question. >> i want to ask about the states that have not yet issued stay-at-home order's. in texas hospitals have said they expect to run out of beds by the end of april. the governor has not issued a stay-at-home order. >> that is a great governor. in texas, he is a great governor. a lot of areas he is talking about, a lot of the counties he is talking about, are not very strongly affected. it is a very different kind of a place.
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and a great place. i have total confidence in the governor. >> you're ok with that? it has made a different. >> every state is different. idaho, west virginia, iowa, the roscoe, are different -- nebraska, are different from new california, they are different. the hotspots now are the state of washington. and new york. in california. new york right now is the leader, there is no question. >> your administration is packing a lawsuit to invalidate the affordable care act. given that people are losing their jobs now and need health care or than ever, would you consider rethinking your position on that? >> that is a lawsuit coming out of texas again, headed up by
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texas. what we want to do is get rid of the bad health care, and put in the great health care hurt and the republican party is fully backing pre-existing conditions. if we can get a great health care plan. she would need the house to do. if we could get a great health care plan, we would only do it with pre-existing conditions. but we would like to get rid of bad health care. now, we are running the bad health care that are than it was ever run. and we are making it better. but it could be much better than it is. what we want to do is terminate it. have a great health care. but we will only do it with pre-existing. we will back pre-existing. thank you all very much. we will be back. we will have a meeting tomorrow. >> [indiscernible] >> if you want to clarify that? san jose? >> [indiscernible] what today [indiscernible] thank you. ok. >> donate blood.
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